The day started at 3:15 this morning. Although we were originally scheduled for an induction at 8:30 am, the doctor's office called us back and left a voice mail message requesting that we showed up at 4:00am. Sarah called them back and said, "Um, we actually prefer 8:30 if that's all right." They denied the request and said plainly that if we weren't there at 4:00 am they would probably give away our spot and we would have to come back another day to be induced.
So, obediently we showed up at 4:00 am...and we were the only ones there! They didn't admit us to an L&D room until 5:00 am (what a waste of at least one good hour of much needed sleep). We tried to stay relaxed. We watched Bill Cosby's YouTubeable re-enactment of his wife's childbirth experience and his cheerleading role: "Push it Out! Shove it Out! Waaaaaaay Out!"
Max tried to give his Mommy and new brother some encouragement with a hug.
The pitocin drip started at 6:30am. By 2:30pm Sarah started to have more pain. When the doctor came to check the baby's position she said, "Whoa, are y'all ready to have a baby?" Baby was crowning at that moment and announcing that he finally wanted to come. And after 3-4 minutes of pushing, the baby came out.
Calvin Feller Meacham, born at 2:42pm on Aug 5, weighed 6 lbs 13 oz. His birth was much easier on him and his Mommy than Max was as baby #1.
After talking to Max and prepping him for months for the new arrival to our home, we were pretty sure that he would be ready for the birth. After allowing him to walk in for the first time to see the baby we asked him if he knew who the baby was. He thought for a moment, and then said enthusiastically, "Baby Atticus!" (Atticus is the name of the newborn of our good friends the Fairbanks who we knew both in Columbus and now in Memphis.)